2014 NFL Draft: Updating the San Diego Chargers’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the San Diego Chargers' 5 Biggest Needs

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The San Diego Chargers hope to upgrade their roster through the draft and make a serious playoff push next season. They have a young, talented team, but there are definitely some positions that they need to fill.

Here are the five biggest needs for the Chargers heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver
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5. Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver
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Adding another weapon across from Keenan Allen is very important if the Chargers want to be considered contenders. This is a deep draft at the wide receiver position, and it is unlikely that the Chargers will re-sign their free agents due to past injuries. They need to find a playmaker who can help take the pressure off of Philip Rivers.

4. Offensive Guard

Offensive Guard
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4. Offensive Guard

Offensive Guard
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The Chargers must improve the protection for Philip Rivers, and the inside of their line needs an upgrade. There are several talented lineman who should still be available after Day 1 of the draft, and the Chargers would be wise to go after them.

3. Outside Linebacker

Outside Linebacker
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3. Outside Linebacker

Outside Linebacker
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Melvin Ingram should return healthy next year, but the Chargers have no one to line up opposite of him. They struggled last year rushing the passer, which left their secondary out to dry. They need another player who is willing to put pressure on the quarterback.

2. Nose Tackle

Nose Tackle
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2. Nose Tackle

Nose Tackle
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Cam Thomas struggled at nose tackle last year, and the Chargers desperately need an upgrade. No one on the roster is capable of starting, and the Chargers will surely look to the draft to find a replacement for Thomas.

1. Cornerback

Cornerback
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1. Cornerback

Cornerback
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The Chargers were one of the worst teams defending the pass last season. They lack depth and talent at the cornerback position, and would be wise to spend multiple picks trying to shore up their secondary. If they want to make a serious playoff run, then they will need to find at least one lockdown corner.


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